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oren Okay.

Here's an example of how it works...

You're reading a book.

You come upon a word you have never seen in your life.

You look it up.

You think to yourself, "What a waste of time. I'll never see that word again. Shoot, I've been reading books for over_thirty years, why did the author dig up such an obscure word?"

One day later...

You're in the doctor's office waiting room.

You pick up a Newsweek.

You find an article of interest.

Lo_and_behold, guess what word appears in the article?

Still not convinced that the word should even be in your vocabulary, you ask your nurse if she's ever heard of the word.

She says, "Sure," and proceeds to give you the definition.

From that point on, you see the word used with regularity.

Could your life have been twisting its way around this word for thirty years?
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kelli crane this happens to me all of the time. I think I've figured it out though. we have seen that word before, but since we didn't know what it meant, we scanned right over it. Not processing it because we didn't have a use for it. I know my theory is true. It has to be because it happens to frequently. Now that we know the word a little light goes on and we go oh! there's that word, and later realize this word is pretty common........now that WE know it 020114
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oren That's YOUR theory. And it certainly warrants merit...

I'm not convinced yet.
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unhinged grandiloquent

although it only seems to appear in music history texts
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kellicrane okay, i'm going to give you a word (hopefully one you don't know the definition off) and then i'm going to give you the definition. and sure as shit you're going to start seeing it everywhere. It's really the only explanation that makes sense. there's not like this word fairy out there fucking with or anything. I'm gonna look up a word right now. hold on......... 020114
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oren Unhinged, who knows? Maybe we'll all start seeing this word regularly... 020114
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oren The Word_Fairy! That's it!!!!!!

Thanks, Kelli...
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Mahayana [puts an unknown word under my pillow]
[[hoping to find a prize]]
[in the morning]

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Zzz ill let U know if i get anything
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kelli crane JODHPURS
RIDING BREECHES THAT ARE WIDE AROUND THE HIPS AND NARROW AT THE CALVES.OFTEN WITH REINFORCED PATCHES AT THE KNEES AND ON THE THIGHS WHERE THE RIDERS LEGS TOUGH THE HORSE.

now within 24 hours we are both going to be seeing this word. (thanks to the word fairy)
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oren Oww! My ears hurt! 020114
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Toxic_Kisses This word is from a dictionary that is copy right 1927 and I'm sure it's a word neither I nor any one else will ever see often

Wamoumpeag
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oren Hell, I see that one all the time!

*Ducks*
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Toxic_Kisses my gosh I run into this word all the time when I'm @ Jims, he makes jodhpurs and saddles. 020114
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TK okay, than what does Wamoumpeag mean eh? 020114
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oren I dunno ... but I still see it all the time.

*Ducks again*
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Toxic_Kisses *Resists the urge to throw her shoe @ oren and instead rolls her eyez*
Fine

so does any one else here in Blather ever constantly run into the word Wamoumpeag?
Give it a week b4 answering
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syringe I've seen it three times today already. 020114
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steve aha! 020114
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User24 I've never heard of Wamoumpeag, but I knew what jodphers were (but not how to spell it) because I used to go horse riding.

lemme think of a word..

convoluted
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oren It's been several years now and I_have not run into the_word "wamoumpeag" yet. 060108
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z zeitgeist. words come into and pass from the vernacular like fashion. it is a meme thing. 060109
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oren Toile. 100520
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. i dont buy the "was always around just never noticed cuz definition was unknown" theory one bit. i always look up every word i dont know immediately; i have since i was a kid. there is no way i was simply failing to notice these words which occasionally show up en masse out of nowhere. perhaps it is chance and perhaps it is some sort of meaningful connicity, but the above theory simply does not hold for this guy. 100520
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Phil Well it should be too frequently not to frequently. We do grammar checks around here, partner!

Secondly, the word fairy is bullcrap. You can't just expect the word "Jodhpurs" to start magically appearing everywhere only because you just learned it.

These words have been lurking in the shadows and come up all at once like an unclogged drain.

It reminds (sp?) me, those words you never figure out how to spell 100% and then they all come up on a single damn quiz at the first day in my writing class, Like dilemma which I always try to spell dillema. Or separate which I spelled seperate for 5354 years. These are not common problem words, they all seemed to be my specific problem words.

Recently I have seen a couple of words that I only know how to say, its (never it's) amazing to me that I have never seen any of them spelled out before; I use them all the time. It is just a coincidence.
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oren its: possessive

it's: contraction for "it is"
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corrected oren i love how he corrected my grammar/spelling and then you corrected his. hilarious. 100522
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hsg latin_lives_in_my_life 100522
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phil It's good to know. 100902
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phil Is hers and its theirs? 101009
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jane oh_my_god!

even weirder now - dig this:

just two days ago, i was at a picnic with my dog, and a lady came up and asked if she was a landseer. my dog always invokes a lot of questioning - almost always the exact same line of questioning:

person: is that a st. bernard?
me: no, actually, she's a newfoundland.
person: really? i thought they were all black.
me: they're called Landseer when they're black and white.

i must've had that conversation a billion times.

so imagine my surprise when this lady comes up and asks if she's a landseer.

i say yes, enthusiastically, and she tells me it's like that thing,
where you see something new, and you look it up, and it starts showing up everywhere.

does that mean the new_word_observation transcends language and is really a new_thing_observation?

does that mean i'll be encountering new_thing_observations everywhere?

i feel like i've broken the time_space_continuum...
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jane oh - and also add in that this page showed up on the today_yesterday list TODAY.

what's going on, fairies?
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fairies Well, it seems like you took the blue pill and from now on you will only be aware of entities that you are aware of. 101009
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oren Jane, welcome_to_my_world.

This phenomenon still occurs in_my_life and_I suppose it_always will.

Consider it a_drop_in_entropy.
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jane happened again.
the word?
ennui.
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jane OREN.

there is a name for this, i just found it, and in case you ever come back here, i wanted to post it here for posterity's sake.

Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

List of cognitive biases:
Decision-making, belief, and behavioral biases:
Frequency illusion:

"The illusion in which a word, a name or other thing that has recently come to one's attention suddenly seems to appear with improbable frequency shortly afterwards (not to be confused with the recency illusion or selection bias).[39] Colloquially, this illusion is known as the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.[40]"

see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_cognitive_biases&redirect=no#Frequency_illusion
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u24 Funny, I read about Baader Meinhof just yesterday!

(not really)
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